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Life Is Short [Nov. 25th, 2011|04:18 pm]
Tony Grist
I've watched the first three episodes now. Some fun was to be had from seeing Hollywood "A"listers playing monstrous versions of themselves. Otherwise...

I haven't taken offence. I think comedy is meant to bust taboos, though I don't think the taboo about mocking dwarves is one that particularly needed to be busted. Last night's show featured a drunk dwarf taking his trews down and being "sick on his own penis". And, yeah, we saw it happening. Was it funny? I guess it might have been if we hadn't become inured to this kind of boundary pushing. Life is Short comes at the end of a decade in which all the coolest comedies have been cruel- and shock tactics no longer shock. 

Another thing that's getting to be old is the comedy that pretends it's a documentary.

Finally, Warwick Davis isn't a comedian. He's channelling David Brent but without whatever it is about Ricky Gervais that made David Brent funny. His character is a monster but not an engaging monster. This isn't his fault- exactly- some people are funny, some aren't. If he were, it's possible none of the criticisms I've made would matter very much.

[User Picture]From: ron_broxted
2011-11-25 04:47 pm (UTC)
As I said elsewhere I got 2 laughs out of it. It is a melange of "The Office" and "Extras". Add elements of gross out humour such as "Borat". Panned universally by critics.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-11-25 05:09 pm (UTC)
The critics are right.
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2011-11-25 04:52 pm (UTC)
I didn't like The Office or Extras. In fact I pretty much loathe anything Ricky Gervais does. I therefore didn't even bother to watch the first episode of Life is Short and it seems I haven't missed anything.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-11-25 05:12 pm (UTC)
I loved The Office. I've been watching Gervais' subsequent career with mounting distress.
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[User Picture]From: stevegreen
2011-11-25 04:57 pm (UTC)
the comedy that pretends it's a documentary

I believe the current term is 'mocumentary'. And whilst we're on the subject of tired ideas, I'll toss 'found footage' movies into the mix.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-11-25 05:15 pm (UTC)
You mean like Blair Witch Project?
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[User Picture]From: ideealisme
2011-11-25 06:08 pm (UTC)
Apparently Warwick Davis is such a lovely guy in real life he felt uncomfortable playing such an obnoxious guy in the series. Perhaps that was coming out of him too.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-11-26 09:28 pm (UTC)
I can believe it. Life is Short is a mean-spirited show.
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[User Picture]From: trixibelle_net
2011-11-25 10:27 pm (UTC)
Totally agree, my thoughts precisely.
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